What Happens When Homeowners Don't Clear Their Sidewalks?

A reader asked whether the town has a bylaw related to sidewalk-shoveling, particularly when said sidewalks are where children wait for the bus.

A reader recently asked us the following question: "What happens when homeowners don't clear their sidewalks, more than 24 hours after a snow storm, and their sidewalks happen to be a bus stop for elementary school students?"

The short answer: there is a bylaw in Plymouth that requires residents and businesses to shovel the sidewalks in front of their properties, regardless of whether said sidewalks are near a school. There is no fine if someone doesn't clear the walkway however.

The longer answer: According to Jonathan Beider, director of the Plymouth DPW, business owners are responsible for clearing snow from in front of businesses. After we finish the roads, we help out clearing the sidewalks.

Jan Palmer-Tarbox February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
It's appalling when business owners don't clear their sidewalks. Tells me they don't want the business.


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